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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Tucson Audubon Society’s Living with Nature program is an opportunity to meet, to make friends with other Audubon members here in our community, to share our photography and wild birding tales, to find out about Tucson Audubon events and field trips, and to build our knowledge and the human connection to nature and natural habitats. The Living with Nature talks presented are varied, shared in a weekly email to the membership and here on the Tucson Audubon website. Living with Nature is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. We are truly grateful to our speakers who donate their time and talent in contributing to this effort. If you have ideas for a future presentation, scroll to the bottom of the page for a form to complete, or email events@tucsonaudubon.org.

 

GREEN VALLEY: Saturday, February 2

10 am
Desert Hills Social Center 2980 S Camino Del Sol
Green Valley, AZ 85622 MAP

Amazing Hummingbirds with Karen Krebbs

Karen Krebbs has been studying hummingbirds for 30 years and will share her extensive knowledge on identification, entertaining hummingbird behavior, nesting biology, and ways to attract these tiny jewels to your garden.

 

ORO VALLEY: Saturday, February 16

12 pm
Western National Parks Association
12880 N Vistoso Village Dr
Tucson, AZ 85755 MAP
RSVP to save a spot the week before the event by calling WNPA Gift Store at (520) 622-6014.

The Little Yard that Could

Whether a tenth of an acre or 10 acres, your yard can make a difference. By incorporating plants that provide food, protection, and nesting sites, not only will you have a beautiful landscape that is brimming with life, but you will also be helping to enhance species diversity. Presenters: Habitat at Home participants Jennifer Patton, landscape architect, and Ben Wilder, naturalist, will discuss basic design layout, key plant selection and placement for attracting birds and insects as well as other wildlife, and share our picks for the top five Sonoran Desert MVPs (Most Valuable Plants).

Photo: Verdin with insect on desert hackberry by Ben R. Wilder

 

GREEN VALLEY: Saturday, March 2

10 am
Desert Hills Social Center 2980 S Camino Del Sol
Green Valley, AZ 85622 MAP

Millennia of Biodiversity Crises: Extinction and Conservation of Birds on Tropical Islands

Visiting Curator of Ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, David W. Steadman’s talk will take us from the Arizona desert to remote islands in the Pacific and the Caribbean to see what sorts of birds lived there when humans first arrived hundreds or even thousands of years ago. By carefully excavating archaeological sites, we can learn which species of birds greeted the first people to step ashore.  On some islands, nearly all species of birds already are extinct because of direct or indirect human impact. On other islands, conservation programs still have considerable prospects for success to save the highly distinctive birds that evolved in isolation on these islands.

 

TUCSON: Thursday, March 7

6:30–8 pm
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd. MAP

How to Identify Birds of Prey

Raptor ID workshop and Hawkwatch Field Trip
Birds of prey can be challenging to identify. Here is an opportunity to learn some simple characteristics and a formula to help you identify these birds. This program includes stunning photography from our presenter, Stephen Vaughan and will be followed by an optional fun field trip to the Tubac HawkWatch on Sunday, March 10 to test drive our new raptor ID skills.

This program will also include the 2019 Annual Members Meeting. Details to be announced soon. 

Photo credit: Stephen Vaughan; Ferruginous Hawk

 

ORO VALLEY: Saturday, March 23

12 pm
Western National Parks Association
12880 N Vistoso Village Dr
Tucson, AZ 85755 MAP
RSVP to save a spot the week before the event by calling WNPA Gift Store at (520) 622-6014.

Gray Hawks on the San Pedro

Ariana La Porte has been piloting a study on Gray Hawk diet and home range along a groundwater gradient in the San Pedro River Valley to assess the impact that over-pumping may have on this top predator. The overall goal of her study is to illuminate the effect of groundwater on the riparian food web. Their position as an apex predator makes Gray Hawks an ideal study species.  Join us as we hear an update on field biologist Ariana La Porte’s research with Sabo Lab (ASU).

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447